Faroe Islands -
Community outreach and involvement began with our first trip to the Faroe islands in September 2013, where we participated in radio and newspaper interviews, recorded podcasts, and delivered presentations about the eclipse to people within the tourism industry. We did this alongside making preparations for our tour.
Community involvement continued then with Kate Russo’s second visit in March 2014, where even more outreach activities were undertaken. This time, eclipse information was presented at schools and businesses, and information from previous eclipses were shared to further develop an education programme across schools. Eclipse planning presentations and workshops were delivered to those working in the tourism industry. Media interest was much greater, and radio interviews were again undertaken about what to expect. Kate worked with Dr Geoff Sims who led a Citizen Science Eclipse Weather project, which involved locals from all across the islands taking photos at eclipse time for a whole month. It was at this time that planning commenced with those in the community of Eidi to develop an eclipse viewing and celebration event, which was at the heart of The Independent Traveller eclipse day plans.
Our 2015 total eclipse viewing event was embedded within a joint community celebration, which is unique amongst eclipse tour companies. Our 140 eclipse chasers from around the world shared the viewing and celebrations with the 600 people of Eidi community in a wonderful event that remained upbeat despite the cloudy conditions. This mutually beneficial arrangement was based on goodwill and is a great example of how a natural event can unite people from around the world. This is an ethos that we hope to develop for future eclipses where possible.
We pride ourselves on arranging an eclipse programme where we are part of the planning and celebration of the eclipse alongside the local community where possible. This gives our tour participants a unique opportunity to experience a truly life-changing experience whilst also connecting with our fellow humans from all around the world. We also ensure that the local community benefit directly from our tours.